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Paul McElroy heaps more misery on shot-shy Glentoran

Dungannon 3-1 Glentoran

By Adrian Rutherford

Paul McElroy produced a match-winning performance to condemn Glentoran to their first defeat at Stangmore Park for four years.

The winger scored one and is intent on claiming another of Dungannon's three goals.

It was the perfect way to open the new year, and continues the impressive form the Swifts have shown since Rodney McAree took charge.

But it was a thoroughly forgettable afternoon for Glentoran, who crashed to their second defeat of the holiday period.

Glentoran were unbeaten in nine meetings against the Tyrone side, and had not lost here since December 2011.

But McAree felt Dungannon fully deserved the win.

"In the first 15 minutes Glentoran caused us problems - we made the pitch too big for them whenever they had the ball," he said. "Whenever we got to grips with it and we got a better shape, we limited them to very little."

Dungannon swept into an early lead, albeit the identity of the goalscorer was a matter of debate.

McElroy's cross-shot from wide on the left hit the far post, and went in off the goalkeeper's back.

TV replays failed to clear up whether the ball had already crossed the line before Aaron Hogg's unfortunate intervention.

Afterwards McElroy insisted it was his goal.

The visitors began the second half with more purpose and levelled 10 minutes after the restart.

A corner wasn't fully cleared, and Johnny Addis was quickly on to the ball, driving home a low shot to make it 1-1.

But Dungannon were back in front six minutes later.

Andrew Mitchell showed great tenacity to turn a defender and send over a cross, which McElroy met with a diving header.

Dungannon made the game safe eight minutes from time.

A superb passing move ended with Jarlath O'Rourke crossing, and sub Alan Teggart applied the finish to make it 3-1.

Glens boss Alan Kernaghan said: "We were second best all over the pitch.

"We did well in terms of possession but that possession didn't really produce anything in front of goal."

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